MUR­DER OVER RTI PLEA: SONEPAT SARPANCH HELD

NABBED BY SIT Ram Ni­vash, sus­pended sarpanch of Pi­pli village in Sonepat, had been ab­scond­ing af­ter shoot­ing dead a man and crit­i­cally in­jur­ing an­other

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The for­mer sarpanch of Pi­pli village in Sonepat, who had been ab­scond­ing for the past one month af­ter shoot­ing dead a man and crit­i­cally in­jur­ing an­other, was ar­rested in Murthal on Sun­day. The po­lice had an­nounced a re­ward of Rs 50,000 on in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to his ar­rest.

ROHTAK:The sus­pended sarpanch of Pi­pli village in Sonepat, who had been ab­scond­ing for the past one month af­ter shoot­ing dead a man and crit­i­cally in­jur­ing an­other, was ar­rested from Sukhdev dhaba in Murthal on Sun­day.

The po­lice had an­nounced a re­ward of Rs 50,000 on in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to his ar­rest.

The ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Ram Ni­vash, was re­cently sus­pended from the post of sarpanch by dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion in the wake of crim­i­nal cases lodged against him. Ni­vash had on June 12 shot at a 35-year-old man of his village over sus­pi­cion that he filed an RTI ap­pli­ca­tion against him.

He also gave death threats to six other vil­lagers whom he sus­pected to be in­volved in fil­ing the RTI that could have ex­posed his land fraud. On June 24, he gunned down a 24-year-old village youth iden­ti­fied as Ashish Dahiya. The po­lice had formed nine teams to nab Ni­vash, be­sides de­ploy­ing 30 cops in Pi­pli village and pro­vid­ing gun­men to eight res­i­dents who feared they could be the next tar­get of the village head. The fear of Ni­vash among the vil­lagers was so much that they had stopped com­ing out of their houses for days.

“The special in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) of the Sonepat Po­lice nabbed Ram Ni­vash when he had come to Sukhdev Dhaba. A Scorpio car has been seized from him. Dur­ing pre­lim­i­nary in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he has con­fessed to the mur­der and other fir­ing in­ci­dents. He said he had nursed a grudge against those who filed RTI against him,” SIT in-charge Ji­ten­der Singh said.

He said Ni­vash will be pro­duced in the court on Mon­day and his max­i­mum re­mand will be sought to nab his as­so­ciates.

THE PO­LICE HAD AN­NOUNCED A RE­WARD OF ₹50,000 ON IN­FOR­MA­TION LEAD­ING TO THE AC­CUSED’S AR­REST

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Ac­cused Ram Ni­vash in po­lice cus­tody in Sonepat on Sun­day.

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